Inside the World Snail Racing Championship

Forget Dreamworks' Turbo. England's annual World Snail Racing Championship puts real mollusks to the test

"Turbo"
(Image credit: Facebook.com/TurboMovie)

"What if, instead of being really slow, there was a snail that was really fast?"

That's the eye-roll of a premise behind Turbo, a middlingly reviewed animated Dreamworks movie that aims to steal some thunder from Monsters University and Despicable Me 2 as it hits theaters this week. But Turbo does have one thing that its fantastical box-office competitors lack: A real-world grounding in an actual — and surprisingly elaborate — event.

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